External hardrive without cords

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MissFiona10

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Hi there,
I think I'm a bit rough on my hard drives as the usb port tends to break on my external harddrives (3 in 6 months :eek:) . I was wondering if there are harddrives that don't require usb t:confused plug into the computer to work?
 

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What brand Externals are you getting ... Are they all the same kind ??
 

DaveBurnett

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It IS possible to get wireless hard drives, but they are slow compared to even USB drives.

How about a network attached drive?? which, again, will be slow
 

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A quality NAS won't be too slow and if it doesn't have to get moved out of the building is the way to go. If the computer is hard wired into the router and so is the NAS and if the router is gigabit then speeds could actually be about the same as a local USB drive.

But I have dozens of clients using multiple USB hard drives each for backups that get rotated daily and rarely do they have issues with the USB ports breaking.

If you are rough with your hard drive as you claim to be then it will break, it's as simple as that.

Here's a wireless drive: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1330#Tab3
You still have a USB port on it for charging so maybe there is another model that uses a different type of plug for power, the Seagate drives also use USB for power.
 

plodr

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Since the weak point for you is the USB connector on the external drive, don't remove the cord from the drive. (Those micro USB ports are tiny). Just plug and unplug on the computer side.

I have no problem with the four portable WD external hard drives I use but there are a few USB sticks that I worry about the connector so I have a 6" cable permanently attached to the ones I use daily.
Like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812793466
 
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